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Scientist Resigns Over ‘Abusive Work Environment’ with Federal Fishery Council

·By civilbeat

Robin Baird, a renowned research biologist, says an “abusive work environment” has forced him to quit his position on a committee that advises the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on protected species.

In a letter to Wespac Executive Director Kitty Simonds, Baird says fellow committee member Milani Chaloupka‘s behavior was “unprofessional and highly inappropriate.”

“In normal work environments it is clear to me that his tone and adversarial questioning would be abusive behavior and would not be tolerated, and I am certainly not willing to tolerate it,” Baird said. “Despite my